Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 7:00 pm EST
The Carter Presidential Libary
In 2008, the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award was created to honor inspirational professors, academic faculty members who have inspired their students to “create an organization, concept, procedure, or movement which has demonsrably conferred a benefit on the community.”
This last week, I had the honor of joining my former professor and long time mentor, Bruce Wampold, Ph.D., at the Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, Georgia as he received the 2011 Beckman Award. I met Bruce in 1984, my first year in graduate school. As you might guess, he was the statistics instructor. Turns out, it was his first academic post! I learned so much in that class as well as the “Applied Regression/Correlation Analysis” course he taught the following year. Who knew we’d be working, writing papers, and pulishing together 27 years later!
On this blog, and in mutliple articles, I’ve written about the important role that mentors play in the development of expertise. On this score, the impact Bruce has had and continues to have on my career is immeasurable. I can’t think of a more deserving person. Former A.P.A. president Carol Goodheart, Ph.D. delivered the award, captured in the video below: